2012 Atlanta Braves

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  1. Timpegoose

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    Starting Pitching: The Braves should boast one of the top rotations in the majors this year, with a deep farm system behind the guys in the Majors. Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens and Brandon Beachy will be the top 3 to start the year, and will all look to improve on last year's success. Tim Hudson is starting the year on the DL, but should return early March, and insert into the #2 slot in the rotation. Mike Minor is holding onto the #4 spot as of right now after showing promise in his 15 Major League starts last year. Manning the 5th spot until Hudson returns will probably be one of 2 hot prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran.

    Bullpen: The middle innings are going to be a big problem for us if our starters get knocked around a bit. We have two of the best 8th and 9th inning pitchers in the game in Venters and Kimbrell, but after that the bullpen is severely lacking. RHP Kris Moylan is probably our best guy to use in the middle innings, but it will be all about getting the ball to Venters and Kimbrell to close out games. Eric O'Flaherty will more than likely come in to get an out against left handed hitters. Peter Moylan, Livan Hernandez, and Cristhian Martinez round out the bullpen. Hernandez will be used primarily in long relief with his starter background. Moylan and Martin will be our other middle relievers.

    Catcher: 3 time All-Star Brian McCann will be the primary catcher. McCann has been one of the Braves top hitters for the last couple of season's, and will again be an essential part of this lineup. David Ross will fill in to keep McCann healthy and rested. Ross is a big power hitting righty, but his athleticism is on the decline as he gets up there in years.

    First Base: The young lefty Freddie Freeman will see the majority of time at first. Freeman doesn't have a ton of range at first, but makes up for it with very good control of the bat and some decent pop for his age. We're looking forward to seeing Freeman develop into one of the better first baseman in the league. Veteran Eric Hinske will see some time at first as well when Freddie needs a rest. Hinske will bring a veteran presence to the infield, and a patient plate approach, drawing some long at bats.

    Second Base: Big hitting Dan Uggla will be the opening day 2nd baseman, and will more than likely hit clean-up for us. Uggla's another guy without much range, but some nice pop in his bat. The only downside to his offensive game is his high strikeout rate, and sometimes low batting average.

    Shortstop: Jack Wilson and Tyler Pastornicky will battle for the opening day start at Short, and will probably split time there. Both are very good defensively, but we really like the Pastornicky kid. He brings a bit more pop than the average shortstop, and has a bit more speed on the basepaths than Wilson. Look for Pastornicky to get the nod on Opening Day.

    Third Base: Against Righties, Juan Francisco will likely get the nod at 3rd, to allow Prado to play out in left. Francisco has some decent power, and a very good arm over there at 3rd. Prado is the Mr. Everything for the Braves. He will likely see time at 4-5 different positions throughout the year, and will get the start at 3rd against Lefties. Prado has nice power to the gaps, and is a very good contact hitter.

    Left Field: As mentioned above, Prado will get the start in left field against right handed pitching. Against lefties it will likely be veteran Matt Diaz. Diaz isn't the best defensively, but has a good amount of success hitting lefties, giving him the nod.

    Center Field: Speedster Michael Bourn will see the majority of time out in CF. He is a very good defender, and is dangerous on the basepaths as well, swiping 61 bags and scoring nearly 100 runs last season between the Braves and the Astros.

    Right Field: After a Sophomore Slump in last year's injury riddled season, Jason Heyward looks to bounce back. Heyward is a 5 tool player out there, and hits for decent power and average, and does well on the basepaths, although he won't be a huge threat to steal bases. Look for Heyward to steal around 10 bases, and hit 20 home runs this season, while bringing his average up from last year's abysmal .227
     
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  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Good job. Very in depth. Curious to see how well you do against CPU Phillies
     
  3. Timpegoose

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    Yeah, they'll be tough. If my pitching lives up to expectations there could be some nice pitching duels in that series. I just pray I don't have to use much of my bullpen outside of Venters and Kimbrell lol. I actually do sorta like Moylan, even though he's only a 1 star guy
     
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    There are rumors swirling in Atlanta about an early move with the Indians that would send LF Matt Diaz to Cleveland for RP Dan Wheeler. The Indians would gain a much needed right handed bat, and we would solidify our middle innings if the starters get knocked around a bit.
     
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    We started off pretty well with a 4-1 record. Some highlights of Sim 1:
    • After getting beat up a little bit in the season opener in New York, Tommy Hanson pitched a 4 hit CG Shutout against the Astros.
    • Jason Heyward is off to a hot start, hitting .353 with 2 HR, 7 RBI, and 1 SB. He's also slugging .824
    • Dan Uggla is also off to a nice start with 3 HR and 8 RBI.
    • Jair Jurrjens struck out 10 in his first start.
    • Rookie Tyler Pastornicky is hitting .300 but is struggling a bit in the field early on. We're hoping he improves as he gets comfortable in the big leagues.
     
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    Sim 3 Updates:
    • Jason Bourn is out for 6 weeks with a torn hamstring. He'll go on the 15 day DL and probably spend some time rehabbing in the minors. He'll be replaced at the top of the order by rookie SS Tylor Pastornicky, and Jose Constanza will fill in at CF
    • Pastornicky was the NL Rookie of the Month for March, hitting .362 with 1 HR 1 SB and 9 RBIs.
    • We split the opening series in Arizona against Colemanchu and his D-Backs. We won the middle 2 games 5-0 and 3-2, and the D-Backs won the 1st and 4th 12-9 and 11-6. Jurrjens and Teheran both got knocked around a bit in the 2 losses.
    • We were able to take 2/3 from the Dodgers behind some solid work from our pitching staff only allowing 4 runs in the 3 games.
    • We also split the series with Pagamer07 's Pirates. The Pirates won their games 5-4 and 3-2 (10th inning triple from McCutcheon setup the winning run). Teheran got his first win of the season in the 3-0 victory, and pitched 8 innings of 2 hit ball before giving way to Kimbrell. Hanson pitched well in the 5-4 victory, before Kimbrell blew his 2nd save of the year. An 11th inning double by Heyward setup the winning run.
    Stats from the E-mail:
    Your team currently has a record of 15-8 (.652 PCT), leading the division.Here are your top three performers for the simulation:
    F. Freeman : 33 AB, 11 H, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .333 AVG, .927 OPS
    T. Pastornicky : 29 AB, 11 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .379 AVG, .833 OPS
    M. Prado : 32 AB, 9 H, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .281 AVG, .877 OPS
     
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  7. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Most runs Ive scored all year was against you I think :p
     
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    Julio Teheran may have found himself a place in the ML squad for the rest of the season since making the move to the bullpen. Teheran has thrown 5.2 scoreless innings since making the move.

    Cory Harrilchak got the call up to Atlanta before the last sim on the back of his hot start in AAA Gwinett. Harrilchak was hitting .335 with 3 triples 8 HR 34 RBI and 3 SB through 42 games. He got the starting nod in CF while Bourn's out with injury and hit 2 HR's and scored 7 runs through his first 9 games.

    We continue to lead the NL East through 52 games behind our surprising offense. We're 3rd in the majors in runs scored with 266 behind only the Rockies and Blue Jays.

    The pitching is finally coming around with Hudson and Minor coming back off injuries, and Teheran moving to the bullpen. The bullpen is still struggling though, so hopefully Teheran can help solidify it. Randall Delgado may get the call up to solidify it further.

    I'll get a report up on our 1st round draft choice a bit later tonight. Really excited for this kid though.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Nice writeup. Solid performance from Harrilchak.
     
  10. Timpegoose

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    Yeah he was a nice surprise. He's going to be huge replacing Bourn until he comes back in a couple weeks.
     
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    Highlights from June 1-10

    • Got swept by KnightNoles and The Nats in a 3 game series. Teheran and Livan Hernandez both blew saves in the 2nd game of the series, and Kimbrell blew one in the 3rd game, in his first game back from injury. The starters actually pitched fairly well outside of Jurrjens in the 1st game.
    • Took 2/3 from JohnnyClutch and the Marlins in another key divisional series. Minor got the win in game 1 and has been pitching well after coming back from injury. Hanson gave up 4 runs in the loss in game 2. Jurrjens pitched well through the first 7 innings, but gave up 4 in the 8th and 9th combined before getting yanked. He still got the win.
    • Swept sonn and his Blue Jays in a 3 game series. Beachy and Hernandez were the winning starters, and Dan Wheeler picked up the win in a 14 inning thriller.
    • Heyward had a solid 2nd half of the sim, going 7/22 with 1 HR 7 RBI and an OPS of .850.
    • The bats continued the hot start, averaging just over 5 runs a game.
    • The Marlins had a nice sim outside of our series and remained only 1 game back.
     
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    Brewers?!?! :p
     
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    Not a clue why I put Brewers, fixing it now :)
     
  14. JohnnyClutch

    JohnnyClutch They only hear my truth

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    "Whoa! Don't slip up or get got.
    I'm comin for that number one spot!"
     
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    Big sim coming up for us. 5 games with JohnnyClutch and his Marlins. We could really take a stranglehold on the division with a solid performance here. Hopefully the starting pitching can continue their recent run of good form.
     
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    I'd be happy to take three of five. My teams been getting cold lately so it will probably be only 1 win or maybe 2.
     
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    We've been on fire as of late, especially our starting pitching which got off to a very slow start.

    • We're off to a 7-2 start in August and have opened up a 9.5 game lead over the Marlins who are 3-7 in their last 10.
    • Since the All-Star break we're 19-7.
    • Mike Minor is making a nice push for the Cy Young going 11-0 with a 2.32 ERA 97 IP and 90 K's to only 25 walks in his 14 starts. Not too shabby for a 5th starter.
    • Our Starters currently boast the 3rd best ERA in the NL after getting off to a rough start.
    • 1st Round Pick Danny Wood is performing fairly well hitting in the 3 hole in AA ball. He's hitting .278 with 6 HR and 29 RBI through 46 games, but has only 15 Walks and 63 K's and has been caught stealing 5 out of 13 attempts. He's still pretty raw, but we're hoping he develops a little more before heading up to AAA ball. He already has the expectation of playing in the majors, but he's nowhere near ready yet.
    • 4th Round pick RF Courtney Hawkins is performing well down in Rookie Ball at Lake Buena Vista hitting .303 with 7 HR 35 RBI and slugging near .527. He may be getting the call up to A Danville soon. Hawkins and Wood should form a solid part of the outfield for us in about 4-5 years.
     
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    JohnnyClutch They only hear my truth

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    Mike Minor has that cheat code entered. JK. After going 2-7 on this last sim you have got this on lockdown. Hopefully next year I'll still provide a challenge. Surprised Philly wasn't in the race this year.
     
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    Randall Delgado finally got the call up from AAA with the injury to Dan Wheeler, and he will probably remain in the bullpen for the rest of the season. Depending on how well he pitches, Jair Jurrjens could find himself on the trade block early next year to make some room in the rotation. We'll also have Arodys Viscaino coming off the DL around May next year, and if he can fully recover from Tommy John we think he will be a very good big league pitcher.

    Julio Teheran made some very nice progression 2 sims ago, and now sits at 4.5 OVR with 5 POT. Since the move back into to the rotation he's been solid, and picked up a couple of wins.

    The main moves we made with the expanded playoff roster were to give us some more bullpen help, and we may even use Livan Hernandez and Randall Delgado in a few more starts as the season ends to help preserve some arms. With a 13 game lead in the NL East, we should be in pretty good shape down the home stretch.

    Two of our top prospects in CF Danny Wood and RF Courtney Hawkins went down with injury. Wood is out 5-6 weeks with an oblique strain, and Hawkins is out for a week with a hamstring strain.

    Andrelton Simmons got a callup with the expanded rosters as well, and will primarily fill in as a defensive substitution at SS.
     
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    Huge lead and best record in baseball. May want to goto a 6 man rotation or bench your starters at some point to keep them fresh and avoid an injury.
     
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    Yep, I've already started rotating in to the lineup more often, next sim I'll probably go 6 man rotation and throw either Jurrjens or Delgado in there. Probably Delgado to see what he can do. I'll probably increase the spot starter % a little bit too to try and get a 7th guy in there every once in a while for the last month if things stay the same.
     
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    It ended up being a very successful season in Atlanta. The owner's expectation was merely to make the playoffs, and we made it to the World Series with a pretty young team still. At the end of the regular season we thought we had a legit shot at the title with the best record in baseball, but it just wasn't meant to be as we ran into an offensive juggernaut in Kansas City. The losses of Dan Uggla and Michael Bourn down the stretch really hurt our offensive production, and we just didn't have enough pop in the lineup to keep up. After a stellar regular season the starting rotation got knocked around a little bit as well, but after the first 3 games they finally settled in when Julio Teheran put together a great start in game 4 to give us some momentum back. It would be too little too late though, as the Royals would take game 7 to win the World Series.

    Going into the offseason we were able to retain our entire core, and only lost a couple of bench pieces in C David Ross and 1B Eric Hinske. Looking to replace those two will be 1B Joe Terdoslavich (.301/.367/.559 19 HR 80 RBI in 86 AAA games) and 21 year old C Christian Bethancourt may be forced to take the backup catcher role if we can find one in the offseason.

    CL Craig Kimbrell went down late in the World Series and is out for 8-9 months, which should put him out until around the All Star break. We'll be looking to fill the closer role from within, and adjust our rotation accordingly. Early favorites for the role are Randall Delgado and Johnny Venters. Venters would probably be the more obvious choice, but we like him in the 8th inning setup role, and Delgado was pretty successful as a middle reliever late last year so we're hoping he can make the transition to closer until a spot opens up for him in the rotation.

    Our main needs in free agency are going to be adding some depth at 1B and C, and possibly a MR or 2 if the opportunity presents itself.
     
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    Congrats on the Manager of the Year award! :)

    Also.. damn. You return almost everyone. That's crazy
     

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